While TFA has a reputation for recruiting lily-white affluent kids, the reality is that the organization and other alternative certification programs are doing better at recruiting high-scoring minorities than many traditional teacher prep programs. See WBEZ below.
Study: high-scoring minorities shun teaching WBEZ: While almost half of students are non-white, more than 80 percent of their teachers are Caucasian. A recent push to increase teacher quality standards threatens to exacerbate the difference. The Illinois Education Research Council study, meanwhile, finds that while roughly one-third of Illinois public high school graduates earned a Bachelor’s degree, only 3 percent became teachers. Within the pool of 4-year college degree earners, minorities went on to become teachers in Illinois public schools at a noticeably lower rate than their white counterparts.
Teach for America rises as political powerhouse Simon: The Capitol Hill Fellows do the work of regular congressional staffers. But in an arrangement that Hill ethics experts call highly unusual – though not illegal – they are paid by a private individual. The entire $500,000 cost is picked up by Arthur Rock, a wealthy venture capitalist in San Francisco.
Volunteers transform city school’s drab walls into watery wonderland Sun Times: In the span of five hours, 320 ad agency workers from Digitas Chicago — allowed to play hooky for a good cause — replaced the dull colors with shades of ocean blue and murals of octopuses and other marine creatures to light up the hallways of the West Town school like a Shedd Aquarium exhibit. After absorbing about 180 students this year from nearby Peabody Elementary, which was closed along with dozens of other schools, Otis Principal Jaime Sanchez wanted to create, essentially, a new school everyone could call their own.
Family: Lane Tech player's condition no longer critical, remains in coma Tribune: A Lane Tech football player who suffered a brain injury during a game earlier this month is improving and is no longer in critical condition but remains in a coma, according to his family. Drew Williams, a senior and a member of the Lane Technical...
Community plans next steps after losing vote against Noble Charter Catalyst: “We don’t mean to diminish the success of any schools, but this is also a neighborhood that CPS has named overcrowded,” said Angela Montagna, director of external affairs for Noble Charter Schools Network. “It’s with this knowledge that we decided to come into the Belmont-Cragin community. We are adding a high-quality educational resource to the community.” According to CPS standards, Prosser is 127 percent over capacity.
A Quinn ‘no’ to UNO: Governor says no more school construction money Sun Times: Gov. Pat Quinn vowed Friday not to give “any more” school construction money to scandal-tainted UNO after word surfaced of a federal securities probe into how the clout-heavy group spent tens of millions of dollars in state grant funds building a charter school. “My judgment is we’re not going to give any more construction money to UNO given the situation that they have found themselves in,” Quinn told reporters. Quinn’s action followed his administration’s disclosure Wednesday that it received notification in June that the federal Securities and Exchange Commission had requested documents tied to a $98 million state grant UNO received.
For Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, A Mixed Midterm Report Card Public Radio East: Members of the Chicago Teachers Union, parents, students and other opponents of a plan to close scores of Chicago public schools march through downtown Chicago in March. In the end, the city closed 50 schools, mostly in low-income communities.
La Casita protesters plead not guilty Chicago Sun-Times: The nine protesters — among them community activists and Chicago Public Schools teachers — were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to state-supported land after they camped out in August in a failed attempt to save the Whittier Elementary
Emanuel plans to boost city cigarette tax Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to propose increasing the city cigarette tax by 75 cents per pack to help plug a budget gap and provide more free vision care for low-income Chicago Public Schoolsstudents, a City Hall source said Saturday.
Schools try to break property tax addiction Jacksonville Journal Courier: “There is more money going to Chicago Public Schools than downstate (schools) because of the change,” state Sen. Sue Rezin said. Chicago Public Schools, the largest school system in the state, receives the lion's share of the $1.5 billion Illinois spends in ..
Louisiana cooperating with Justice over school voucher program Washington Post: Under the supervision of a federal court, Louisiana has agreed to supply the Justice Department with data about its controversial school voucher program and to analyze whether the vouchers are re-segregating ...
Fairfax schools chief to propose deep cuts Washington Post: Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza says she will propose significant cuts to address a projected $140 million budget deficit.
Big City: The Charter School Fight NYT: The political battle for New York City mayor includes debate of how charter schools will be affected by the election, though one candidate’s vision for education is still opaque.
With Major Debt, Philadelphia Schools Cut Back On Nurses NPR: Philadelphia Public Schools have been facing a funding crisis. There have been a series of layoffs, including assistant principals, school nurses and counselors. Some funding has come through to rehire hundreds of staffers, but not any new nurses.
Deadlines for Colleges Are Delayed NYT: Officials said they hoped the later early application deadlines would not only give some practical relief to students struggling with the Common Application, but also calm them down.